SINGAPORE, 26 SEPTEMBER 2008 - Collaboration is the next phase of the Internet, a phase that analysts see as a US$34 billion market opportunity, according to global software group Cisco.
Don Proctor, senior vice president, software group, for Cisco said that the center of this phase is the network.
Our network platform uses open-standards protocols to expose critical collaboration services such as presence, instant messaging, call control and policy to a broad range of devices and applications, Proctor said.
Cisco today announced a new collaboration portfolio designed to help companies accelerate business processes, increase productivity and speed innovation.
Connect, communicate and collaborate
Proctor said the Cisco® collaboration portfolio consisted of Cisco Unified Communications, Cisco TelePresence and a new Web 2.0 application platform, all of which used the network as the platform to help enable people to connect, communicate and collaborate from any application, device and workspace.
The Cisco collaboration portfolio uses this network architecture to create an integrated collaboration experience that encompasses everything from simple text messaging to immersive Cisco TelePresence sessions, he said.
Customers can create collaborative mash-ups with public Web-based tools, said Proctor, as well as with corporate applications such as those for customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP).
The open architecture also allows Cisco collaboration capabilities to be delivered to a range of devices including Windows and Mac OS desktops, and mobile phones running Symbian, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile operating system.
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